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Refreshing Summer Drink

Refreshing Summer Drink

We all know how important it is to stay well hydrated especially during the summer heat.

But it’s not always easy to get in those 8 to 10 glasses of water each day, is it?

Some of you may not even like the taste of water.

And let’s face it, plain old water gets boring after the third or fourth glass.

So let’s kick boring to the curb with this refreshing summer drink recipe that is easy to make and have in the fridge to refill your glass throughout the day.

At the time I discovered this recipe several years ago, I had no idea that it and it’s many variations had become popular as a detox water. I just knew that on hot summer days when I was looking for something refreshing to drink, this filled the bill.

Refreshing Summer Drink Recipe

For the basic refreshing summer drink recipe you’ll start with:

  • 1 medium (or two small) cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • Β½ of one large lemon or a whole medium lemon, thinly sliced
  • a small handful of mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated or sliced ginger
  • Enough filtered water to fill the pitcher

Thinly slice the cucumber and lemon.

Ingredients for Basic Summer Drink Recipe

If your mint leaves are large you’ll want to separate them from the stems. If they’re small like those pictured, you can leave them on.

Whether or not you grate or slice the ginger is really a personal preference. If you don’t like sipping on little bits of ginger, go ahead and slice it. The flavor will be imparted to the water either way.

Add the lemon, cucumber, mint and ginger to a large glass pitcher.

Basic Summer Drink ingredients in a large glass pitcher

Fill the pitcher with filtered water and place in the fridge for several hours.

I like to make it the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight as a delicious way to start the day. A glass first thing in the morning gives me a head start on getting in those 8 to 10 glasses of water.

Pitcher filled with water and basic summer drink ingredients

The clean, fresh taste of these four simple ingredients combined in the water is so delicious that I find myself emptying the pitcher each day and enjoying every ounce.

There are countless ways that this could be modified to meet your tastes.

Frozen or fresh raspberries are a wonderful addition.

Summer Drink with Raspberries

After a few hours in the fridge, the water turns a lovely shade of rose.

Raspberry Summer Drink after turning a lovely rose color

When you replace the raspberries with sliced strawberries the water turns a pretty peachy color.

Refreshing Summer Drink with Strawberries added to basic recipe

You could substitute the lemon with limes.

Get creative and see what combinations you can come up with!


Now if you’re wanting something with a bit more of an kick to it, head on over to get the recipe for Misty’s Maui Mai Tais. They’re my #1 favorite drink when I just want to kick back, relax and pretend I’m on a tropical vacation!




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Collage photo of 2 different Refreshing Summer Drinks



Please note: This post was originally published on Super Mom – No Cape in the summer of 2013. It has been completely updated with new text and photos.

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  • Rachel
    August 27, 2018 3:45 am

    That sounds really delicious, but I’ll have to save it for next year. It’s gone chilly here and suddenly I’m wearing two jumpers and drinking tea!

  • Renee
    June 9, 2015 12:57 pm

    We have a bunch of mint growing in our front yard. I may need to try this out! πŸ™‚

  • Cinnamon Vogue
    July 31, 2013 12:24 pm

    Excellent recipe. Pinterest has some lovely ideas.

    Might I suggest Iced Ceylon Cinnamon Orange Tea. Ceylon Cinnamon is naturally sweet without sugar. You can boil some Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks with diced orange peel or use Ceylon Cinnamon black tea. When iced it tastes particularly nice. The upside is that it improves alertness, memory and concentration plus helps cartilage development. A great drink for hikes or to take to the gym.

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    July 31, 2013 10:35 am

    Sounds good, I am always on the lookout for uses for the mint that is threatening to take over the herb patch πŸ™‚

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